Perhaps, but ashamed of what exactly?
USAToday reports: Donald Trump, Melania Trump secretly received COVID–19 vaccine in January.
Former President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump received coronavirus vaccines in early January on the advice of doctors, according to a Trump adviser speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ex-president’s medical history.
Trump aides declined to say what type of vaccine he received. At the time, vaccines manufactured by both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech had emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Aides did not disclose why Trump was vaccinated in secret. Polls have frequently found vaccine skepticism to be disproportionately common among Republican voters, a partisan divide that threatens to hamper vaccine rollout.
Other top officials, including then-President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and then-Vice President Mike Pence received shots in front of television cameras.
Trump discussed vaccinations during his Sunday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, urging delegates to get their shots while mocking Biden for receiving one.
Rachel Maddow Rips Donald Trump Over ‘Secret’ COVID–19 Vaccination. “Why did they keep this information secret from the American public?” the MSNBC anchor asked.
Rachel Maddow on Monday slammed former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump for reportedly quietly receiving the COVID–19 vaccine in January during their final weeks in the White House.
“Why did they keep this information secret from the American public?” the MSNBC anchor asked. “I mean, sometimes that administration and that president did things that I thought were sort of crazy or wrong, but at least I could discern the self-interest. What was the self-interest here? To whom did the benefit accrue from keeping this secret from the American public?”
Trump’s catastrophic mismanagement of the pandemic saw him downplay the threat of the virus, hype unproven treatments and mock people who wore masks. The coronavirus has now killed more than 514,000 people in the United States alone.
Polling suggests Republicans are more skeptical about receiving the COVID–19 vaccine. Maddow said it was “unbelievable” that news of Trump’s vaccination wasn’t publicized, arguing it could have helped save lives.